I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! (for those of you not in the United States, bear with me)
Today I wanted to let you know that I am thankful for you. Thank you for allowing me to live my dream in this music industry. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for following me on Twitter. Thank you for buying my books, coming to see me speak and most of all, thank you for making music.
The results of my survey were fantastic and I will be using them to make some HUGE announcements over the next few weeks. But I wanted to share with you what the respondants are most grateful and thankful for in 2012…
…that my closet friends stuck with me through all the headaches heartaches and believed in what we are and were doing.
This was the year I went public with my music, and I connected with a few people who really like it and at least for the moment, my song / band / etc was their favorite.
Hard to say. Santa Fe is a small town, good & bad, easy to get noticed, diminishing number of venues.
…the amazing and inspirational musicians I have gotten close to, give me ideas and help me keep the faith.
…the friendships we have made by engaging the Chicago music scene!
…I released my first mixtape on livemaxtapes.com
…learning so much about social media that I’m confident to do it myself.
…the house we were given to live in and base out of for our Southern Immersion tour, and the response to our latest album.
…meeting successful people.
…meeting great people who are down to earth.
…that I had to make more copies of the last album as the first ones were sold out.
I am grateful to all those that came to see us play!
…being able to find a producer who can really master the production of my songs, and who can really understand the mood of the song.
…the people I’ve met. The music I’ve heard.
Great question! We’ve had some really outstanding performance opportunities this year. We are moving to the next level!
…working with great songwriters and musicians, and having our tracks turn out beautifully. And the fact that they are all good people with love for humanity.
…house concerts and dedicated music fans.
…that I have one! Continuing to cobble together some semblance of a livelihood for 16 years now.
… I scratched off my bucket list 5 songs that I had promised to record myself & release them.
…I’m a full-time musician making a living at what I love to do.
…I gained a lot in music rosy ruin knowledge, and the new artist growth app was great!
…the band’s growth & being respected by our local music scene in New Jersey. All our new fans & supporters. We’re also thankful for having each other.
…2 cds released.
My fans are the best and I would probably feel completely lost without them.
…friends’ support and help
…that it still drives me to keep going.
..that it was possible to create an album and get it on iTunes and Amazon and listed on a good number of websites.
…I write better songs than those winning the local TAMI awards.
…getting our CD played all over Europe.
…I just finished an EP that has four new quality recordings, and am already Working on the follow up. My songwriting has been my greatest strength, which is obviously essential.
…the musicians I’ve worked with who have given much more than I can currently repay them for with money.
…developing a strong bond with our fan base in core, local/regional markets, like Vienna/Austria, Innsbruck/Austria, Nuremberg/Germany etc.
…getting to perform at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Victoria, Australia.
…our new booking agency and live production company.
…that I’ve been able to work with some really cool artists and have learned from some of the best industry professionals.
…working with the producers at Stratosphere Studios in New York.
…the experiences from botching my promotion campaign.
…good songwriting workshops this year.
…that God saw fit to bless me with talent and desire to write, record, and share music to glorify His Matchless Name
…my band mates and air play we do receive on 100.9 Canoe FM in Haliburton On. Canada.
…making great tracks.
…supportive (but small) international audience.
…working and connecting with inspiring people. It’s all about the journey!
I’ve been in this business for over 50 years and have written some good music.
…I got out of my comfort zone — I tried new sorts of gigs, spent two weeks in NYC to perform at open mics and get in touch with other musicians there, and planned some new projects for NEXT year.
…my Grammy nomination
…just the pure freedom of expression
I am most grateful that I had 3 very special performance moments in September that will keep me going for a long time.
…being able to release an independent album and get on the ballot for 55th Grammys
…EVERYTHING!! Huge year so incredibly blessed and grateful
…great songwriting partners.
…I’ve gotten better at my craft.
…starting my label.
…I have started to get open mike features, which is a nice step up from just playing at Open Mikes. I am also happy that I got my digital album done using recordings I made at Open Mikes.
…the chance to work with an internationally-acclaimed producer to make a “grown-up record!”
I am grateful that I finally was able to publish my first book and get YouTube videos up for 4 of my songs, including Rockrhydin! That was on my “List” from when I first began working with you Ariel in 2009!
…that I found Cari Cole’s programs. They build on what I’ve learned from Ariel’s books. It’s good they’re friends.
…that the songs remain meaningful to me and to a small group of others!
…our expansion of “friend-base” and the feeling of growth. We’ve played more shows this year, we’ve written new music and we have a defined plan for 2013. Over-all 2012 has been a great year for my band, Anyone’s Guess.
…the Music, the Musicians and the audience
…fans. They keep saying nice things about me.
…I’m sincere, Review You and jango.com
…a steady supply of students and a large waiting list, consistent employment, support to attend a conference that proved very valuable for my career and subsequent networking and purchases of my music.
At this stage I’m not really into a music career yet… My main concern is being heard, and I really have to produce new material at the moment. Curiously I’m thankful to Facebook and their ad system. It allowed me to gain lots of new fans, my page likes jumped from 120 likes to 1,400 in 4 months running campaigns and promoting a free EP, my mailing list increased accordingly. Can’t wait to release new material in order to see what’s going to happen with what I learned. Hope my answers help, cheers Ariel
…sourcing a publishing deal.
…I had a lot of great feedback and reviews of my latest CD.
… I still having the time to rehearse for and play solo gigs.
…despite all the pressures, the stage still gives the same release and fulfillment when I am up there.
…the opportunity to play drums with my son on bass for a comedy play come musical. Learned lots about theatre protocol. It’s different to rock. Playing drums on a popular local charity last weekend. Taking time to relax. The Dandy Warhols after party last Tuesday Night. Seeing Crazy P for the first time. Playing choice gigs & choosing to do random spots as a percussionist. Continuing to work on scizzorman. Beginning to write more lyrics.
…I have built up a very loyal following this year, as well as having a lot of professional reviews of my music, which was a good thing, as I learned that my production value could not be faulted.
…splitting up with our label and going independent again.
…the extremely passionate feedback we have received from many core fans regarding the magic that our CD The 7 Melodies has brought into their lives.
I am grateful to ReverbNation for all help and support, and grateful to Spaced out magazine for giving me chances in their magazine.
…playing for some of my friends at a house show.
…worldwide airplay and recognition.
…being able to play in Wellington.
…that I’ve finally started to get more likes on FB and that I managed to stay in the top 10 for a song competition run via ReverbNation.
…looking closer at my shortcomings in music and making changes.
…finally releasing my first album and having it not be an abject failure!
…I got to play at Northampton’s Umbrella Fair. Not much else.
…grateful that Facebook and YouTube and Twitter give us the chance to reach the world.
There have been some significant developments: more consistent gigging locally; took part in Cyber PR’s 9/11 Tribute that got one of my songs into many ears; got invited to play at Flora-Bama (Frank Brown Internat’l Songwriters Festival), which put me in front of lots of industry people and just plain music-loving folks.
…I have learned to turn down inappropriate gigs/ops, to free up more time for other things – working less for more money, and the appropriate audience
…making the time to practice and write more intensively, and putting that on the top of my priority list.
…PUTING TOGETHER THE BEST BAND NOW HAS BEEN A BLESSING FINDING PEOPLE
…working for Don Was, Dennis Coffey, Drew Schultz….a great aesthetic year.
…that despite the challenges I never give up. It’s hard, but I’ll find a way.
…friends and family support and a good network of artists.
…getting selected as a Finalist for our song “Run” in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
…help from people who still believe in my music, voice, etc.
…a nomination for 2012 BMA (Black Music Award).
…the ability to continue to procreate music.
…each year I get closer to becoming the player/writer/singer I was meant to be.
…acquiring very good gear.
I am not thankful about anything yet. Nothing has developed for me.
…my health and financial stability, they’ve allowed me to have time and freedom to hopefully pursue music more in 2013 and get promotions/social media/PR assistance.
I’m most grateful for my successful Kickstarter campaign, which helped me feel a sense of validation that what I’m doing as an artist is worthwhile, and helped me identify my “core” supporters.
…touring 4 countries, playing a lot of shows, but never invited to perform with other bands.
…lots of folk radio airplay for our new CD, better gigs but not enough people attending them.
…that Big Kettle Drum made it through another year of being a full-time Indie band without support of any label, machine, etc…After firing management, players and almost 30,000 “fans” we were able to rebuild with our “true” fans and find a renewed passion to stay on the road. – Brant Christopher/Big Kettle Drum
…I got to play at the OC Fair and put together a talented band.
…being able to contribute in my small way with my DJ mixes online.
…that I can still make a good living as a musician/producer. Every year, friends leave the business because it is getting harder and harder to make a living.
…music industry participants such as Ariel.
…having studied with Cari Cole, having accomplished a lot of my goals on my Calendar: releasing my new CD with awesome people and musicians, going on a NW West Coast Tour, all the friends who welcomed me, speaking at the IMC and feeling validated appreciated and experiencing how much I have to share, watching dreams I used to think out of reach come true, traveling with music and touching peoples’ hearts, being told many times that when I play I make people happy
…that the landscape is changing for the independent artist. As I complete more music it is looking more beneficial being an independent artist if you handle your career properly.
…those great people that become close friends both personally and professionally. The ones that may take a while to find but when they come along its like a big anchor that helps you stand your ground and renew your faith, fun and belief in the possibilities of being an artist.
…my personal life.
…venues rebook my band – they like my original songs!!
…finding an encouraging but critical producer.
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…the tax break.
…the joy of spending time with my friends in the band
…that I have one and that I am not constantly bemoaning the death of the music business. I think it’s alive and well and I have work I find fulfilling.
…support I’ve received from Michael Friedman and his crew in Boston with SKOPE Magazine and their genuine like of some of our recordings; international exposure on JANGO and lots of new fans there; and distribution by Blue Pie Records of Australia of one of our CDs.
…performing with Robben Ford, Robert Randolph, Bobby Rush.
…commitment to record my new album.
…I get to do what I love and it feeds me and puts a roof over my head… and buys the dog food And our fans… they are amazing.
…finishing my CD, strong bookings.
…I made a great album, with a great producer and it charted well all over the world and I sold enough to pay for all it took to make it and publicize it.
…I made a great album, with a great producer and it charted well all over the world and I sold enough to pay for all it took to make it and publicize it.
…you, Ariel. Your book is helpful and your emails keep the candle burning. (I love the feeling of a well-browned nose.)
…finishing my album and getting opportunities to perform at amazing venues like the Bitter End and Webster Hall ( even if I was only an opener )
…the fact that after a great 2011 things didn’t simply come to a grinding halt while the next project gets done.
…the small group of people who understand, enjoy, appreciate, and support what I do AND the privilege of being able to do *anything* I want artistically.
…that I can pursue this amazing career, and have the support of many friends and family.
I am SO grateful that I was able to finish and release my latest album, ‘Remnants of the Fall,’ which is a double CD and took me 4 1/2 years to finish!
…that I have so many outlets and connections.
I’m grateful for the focus and business outlook I gained from the 9 Week Challenge…. really positive and encouraging feedback I’m getting regarding my music and performance… inspiration and friendship from songwriting community networks.
…getting Fue (www.fueband.com) selected to be part of The 2012 Extreme Tour, the band’s first national tour. Now what?
…the amazingly talented people I write and play with.
I’m grateful for the lovely community of fans who are there and enjoying my music.
…the fans and investors who helped finance the EP and radio campaign coming in January of 2013. And the songs Scott somehow managed to write… they keep us all inspired…
…incredible opportunities to meet incredible people.
…for the stations who are supportive and consistently play my tracks.
…rebuilding our band with new material and a new direction after our lead singer (and main promoter/manager) left the line up.
…I raised $ through indiegogo to completely cover my expenses to record and manufacture my new CD, WORTHY. PLUS help to give 32 women (who suffer from Obstetric Fistula) in Gambella, Ethiopia a new beginning.
I’m grateful for the experience of recording my album. Especially the opportunity to record my late grandfather’s songs in the same studio as he recorded them 66 years ago.
…we are building a nice international following and getting airplay all over the internet outside of the us. We have released our debut album online and produced a great sounding recording for very little money.
Honestly? This year I am most grateful for Slate Digital’s VCC/VTM plugins (for DAWs). Never liked the sound of digital (especially mp3s) as they make music sound cheap. These tools have reintroduced the fat analog console/tape sound back into the process. Now my finished works sound like records!
…having a management team that will do anything for us.
…the opportunity to pursue music full-time, without a day gig.
I’ve always told myself that I’m no good at marketing. I’ve come to realize that was a self-limiting thought and so now I’m telling myself that I can do it, and taking baby steps to learn and get better at it.
…for the people in my life who believe in me even when I don’t.
…ironically, that I was ABLE to do all the marketing, promoting, etc. myself when I didn’t have the money to pay someone else. Just wish I didn’t HAVE to…
…I’m working with a vocal coach and it is actually helping a lot.
I am grateful for gaining more ways and knowledge to better myself, get the word out and develop more contacts that make things happen, also grateful for Ariel Publicity.
…my band mates are all honest good human beings to share my vision with.
…mentors in the industry through forums, music societies, etc.
..that it was more lucrative than I could have imagined as fast as it was. And that I never had to tour one time outside of the area where I live (everything was within driving distance).
2012 marks 10 years of making music my full time career and not having a “boss”. While there is always more strive for a “certain kind of success”, I am SOOO thankful to be able to support myself and be comfortable waking up doing what I love every day.
…a voice to sing and fingers to play guitar.
…the release of my band’s debut album after 2 1/2 years of slowly recording it.
I’m thankful I still have a gig.
…fans that appreciate my music and help to spread the word to their friends add music lovers.
…my skill set which has been in the making last 20 years.
…production of lots new music Increasing fan base/loyalty of old fans.
…being able to play in six countries.
…I had an unbelievable 4-month tour where I met great people, more exposure and was able to support myself financially. I’m surprised this was possible.
…that I’m still excited about it and have a clear vision for what I want to accomplish.
…learning ways to put the songs together and realizing it is actually possible to do it myself though cost is an issue.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve come across this year. A lot of which I’ve stumbled across, but I’m thankful they happened. Also, I’m glad your service exists. Some of the reviews your staff has written have landed me in a few magazines the past couple of years to be exact. One of which I didn’t even submit to. Thanks!
…my wife’s understanding and allowing me enormous amount of time to do all the homework necessary to launch this all-encompassing music career.
…developing a new project which exists successfully and earns some money, pushing the one I had been working on for some time one step further, a beginning of a new collaboration.
…finally have a website!!!
…knowing when to stop doing (for me) that which is impossible…at my age.
…the concerts that came my way w/o any work on my part.
…my fingers and vocal cords.
…I made great strides in my technical abilities and put out some good music, and connected with fans and other musicians in meaningful ways. Good year.
…increased band awareness and a better gigging year
…that I hired YOU to teach me and run my Social Media campaign and Cyber PR! That my CD went to #2 on the state RMR charts and #2 on the national RMR charts.
I’m grateful to have stuck with my guns to release new music every month and that I’ve made some great connections in the Film/TV licensing world.
…writing new songs and networking with lots of other great songwriters.
…my talent Seriously, everything else is just tools to help get from here to there. Without my songwriting, nothing else matters.
…lots of gigs.
…an equipment endorsement and the completion of the band’s and personal music websites.
…I released two CD albums this year: a solo album and a band album. The realization of a lot of work and planning coming to fruition.
…opportunities we have had so far to create music.
…the music that has been synchronized.
..new contacts, being “in the room” rather than outside it.
…the many paid performances I received, including the 15 summer camps in five days during the summer.
…my booking agent.
…improving my voice through consistent practice and lessons.
…that I no longer work in academia, and I’m making better bread.
…that I can hear and understand music.
…support and faith from my peers in times of darkness.
…I bought a new guitar and it’s really cool.
…meeting the people I have met in Dallas … 2 people gave me opportunities to score or mix film audio for their projects. Neither were dollar-producing, and I even spent about $1,000 on the music production (musicians and studio) for one of the projects.
…a wonderful producer and writing process.
…consistent play over the years on Music Choice.
…my band and my large network of supportive family and friends.
…scoring the soundtracks for the app Quell by Fallen Tree Games is turning out to be a real career booster, and financially very sound. It’s even leading to a whole album of the soundtracks I’ve done that I’ll be able to release independently.
…interaction from listeners.
…I gained a fair amount of knowledge about what can help me get to the next level in terms of touring (via connections, festivals, workshops)
…A PAYCHECK AND THE SUPPORT OF PEOPLE WHO I THINK ACTUALLY LIKE WHAT I AM DOING.
…I’m thankful for the fan base that has been built so far, the ability to do my 2nd release for the Holidays, and for my amazing Team of Producers and marketer. Just wish I had more $ to keep it up.
…my 2012 release was very well received and is getting significant airplay.
…the release of first CD.
..the gift of singing and communicating through music. The possibility of using music as a means to weave a life of our own design
… that I have taken the opportunity to be brave and put myself out there (thanks to YOU, actually) Instead of waiting for the perfection, I’ve decided to relish the mistakes, learn grow and laugh, not to take ANYTHING as failure. It is all just a part of the master plan.
…that I had my first cut, 3 contracts, contacts made, co-writes achieved.
…my band and our hang time in The Van. https://www.facebook.com/pcbvan?ref=ts&fref=ts And the people who listen. And the musical magic. And the beautiful places I’ve been to. And all the positive feedback from random people at shows. And the memories of being on the road and crazy shit happening that only happens to dive bar bands. Laughing my ass off as I go to sleep every Sunday remembering the insanity of the weekend.
…the support of all the people who newly discovered or are long fans.
…I found a manager, people support me.
…working with Cari Cole in her Fast Forward to Fame course.
…recording a full-length album with an amazing producer, and it has gotten great feedback (such as at this year’s Taxi Road Rally). The feedback has been very heartening, and I’m optimistic about 2013.
My most grateful times is still able to have passion for the industry.
I’m thankful that I’ve discovered teaching music privately. I feel like, as an educator, I can finally be taken seriously as a musician (as weird as that sounds).
…finally gigging, son.
…fans still finding and buying my music/CDBaby’s digital distribution.
…the amazing opportunities that clubs, radios and others in the area have provided to us.
…being able to collaborate with some amazing musicians and artists.
…the continued relationships I do business with.